CorrectionBro. David Chancellor
9/16/2007 11:00 AM
1 Kings 1:5-7
Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. And his father had not displeased him at any time saying, Why hast thou done so? And he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom. And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.
King David was old and it would soon be time for someone else to be king. Adonijah decided he’d make himself king. "And his father had not displeased him at any time saying, Why hast thou done so?" Adonijah had never been challenged about his attitudes and actions. A lot of people would be pretty good as long as everything goes their way. Many people have trouble with being corrected. It would have been to Adonijah’s advantage to have been corrected, because his choices affected his future and cost him his life. There are times when correction is very much in our interest. We get so caught up in our situation that we can’t see the long term consequences. We need someone to ask us, "What are you doing?" We need to look at where we’re going and what the outcome will be. Lots of people take the attitude, "I’ll do it my way." Exalting yourself is not really the way to have a good life. Has God ever asked you, "What are you doing?"
Jonah 3:10, 4:1-11
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way: and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry? So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And when it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
Jonah doesn’t portray someone who thought things through. He was angry at his success. The story here shows that there was something wrong with his thinking. He was more concerned about a plant than about people. God asked Jonah, "What are you thinking?"
When correction comes our way, it usually isn’t sent to do us evil. The intent of correction is to give a different outlook on the situation. It isn’t to make life difficult. It is to remove what is making life bad to make it good. God sends correction our way to help the picture come into focus for us.
Jonah was angry because he was a little bit embarrassed. If God corrects you and leaves you embarrassed, have you thought that your behavior may have embarrassed him? When God’s correction comes, he brings it so that things can get straightened out in your life.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence; shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
God corrects us so that we can be different. When that correction comes, it’s for our good. If we refuse correction, things won’t turn out too well. God will correct you by some means when you need it. He corrects us because he loves us. When God corrects you, don’t try to shove it off on someone else, take it, apply it, and move forward.